24 March 2017

Agriculture In The Classroom

This week we have been learning about how important agriculture is to us.  We came to know that all of our needs can be met by agriculture.  Farmers of all kinds provide us with food, clothing and shelter.  We read many books such as, How Did That Get In My Lunchbox and From Sheep To Sweater to learn where our food and clothes come from.

At the end of the week we were able to participate in ag in the classroom day.  We saw a calf and baby chicks.  Farmers told us how they take care of the animals and all the ways we can use the animals to help us.  We also made our own living necklace!  Our necklace will sprout and grow into our very own plant.  Bees are also contribute a lot to our needs.  They provide not only honey but help to pollinate many plants which grow into the many crops we need for food.  It was a fun and exciting day!

21 March 2017

Poets

We have become poets!  During our writing time we have been learning about and creating our own poetry.  We learned that poets look at things differently and use their imaginations as they think about ordinary objects.  We have written several different types of poems which include:  color poems, free verse poems, all about poems, acrostic poems and five senses poems.  Students have done an amazing job writing poems.

In math we have been working on talking about the way we solve problems and the different strategies used to get the answer to the same problem.  Students are able to listen to story problems and determine if the problem is a joining (addition) or separating (subtraction) problem and use manipulatives to discover an answer.  Keep working with students with these type of problems at home.  Also, have them practice recording the problem after they have completed discussing how they figured out the answer.


REMINDER:  Spring Break will be April 3-7 - no school

17 March 2017

Reading Activities

Activities to assist with Reading Development

  • To help children recognize words, label common objects around the house.
  • Play word games, e.g. can you think of 5 words beginning with "s". (Use the sound not the name of the letter). These games can be played in the car, the supermarket etc. so that the foundations for reading are being constantly set.
  • Play ‘odd one out games’. For example, which word is the odd one in a list like cat, mat, dog, sat?
  • Allow your child to re-read favorite and familiar stories, or to hear you re-read them. Knowing a familiar book will help them notice more about the words on the page and they will start to recognize the patterns in new words and stories.
  • Listen to stories learned by heart and encourage your child to re-tell them in their own words, or even act them out.
  • Play ‘I-spy’. It is a great way of showing that every word begins with a letter.
  • Help with long words by clapping along together or counting out the different syllables of the word (for example, hos-pit-al has three claps; cat-er-pill-ar has four). Write out long words and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Get your child to put the pieces back together the right way round.
  • Write words in a sand tray.
  • Singing - rhymes help children see how letters make the same pattern in different words.
  • For reluctant readers, read a variety of materials, such as comics, graphic novels, joke books, non-fiction books, the important thing is to adapt the reading material to the child's particular interests.
  • Play games like “I went to market” with rhyming words. “I went to market and I bought a bat, cat, mat, hat.” Or letters in alphabetical order “I went to market and I bought an apple, ball, car, dog, egg, fish, etc
  • Play snap or memory with words.
  • Play bingo with words from a familiar book.
  • Reading isn't just about books. Read anything and everything around you. Children just learning to recognize their letters can spot familiar ones on number plates, packaging, posters etc. Start with the child’s own name and in particular the first letter. Look for this letter in other places.
  • Use playdough to make words.
  • Use magnetic letters to create words.
  • Visit the school library with your child.

15 March 2017

No School

Reminder:

There will be no school for all students on Friday, March 17th.

14 March 2017

Sight Words

Some students are still struggling with a few kindergarten skills.  Please continue to practice all of the sight words at home.  Students will be expected to know 50 sight words by the end of April.  Help your child find them in books as they read as well as in isolation.  Some times students can read a word in isolation but does not recognize it in a sentence they read in a book.  We want the sight words to be functional in reading not just memorized facts.  Below are a few videos that provide another way to practice.

Number recognition, teen numbers, and rote counting to 100 are also difficult for some students.  Help your child by counting aloud often and especially focus on the teen numbers.                                  


 

10 March 2017

Plants And Teen Numbers

Plants have been our class topic for this week.  We have talked about how plants grow and that plants are made up of parts.  Students were able to plant a seed and observe its growth.  They recorded the changes in the plant as it began to grow.  We have read many fact books about the parts of plants and how we eat different parts of plants.  We discussed how some plants we eat grow above the ground while some grow below the ground.  Students helped make a class mural showing above and below ground food.  Ask your students about the book Tops And Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  How did Hare trick lazy Bear into getting the best parts of the plant?

Continue working on place value with your student at home.  In kindergarten this mainly involves the "teen" numbers (numbers 11-19) and recognizing that each teen number is made up of a group of tens and some ones.  Practice at home by having your child create a group of ten objects (blocks, cotton balls, pennies, etc.) and the a group of ones that corresponds to the teen number you told them or showed them on a card.  Then have your child recognize and say, "I made the number 14 by making a group of 10 and 4 ones."  Follow the link below to the Utah Education Network for some additional games and activities.

http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=18813

06 March 2017

Me On The Map Program

Just a reminder of our upcoming program on Thursday, March 9.  Our students have been practicing songs while learning about social studies concepts such as ourselves, families, our country and mapping.  The AM performance will begin at 9:15 am and the PM performance will begin at 2:30 pm.  Students are encouraged to wear jeans and a t-shirt of any color or their school t-shirt.  We hope to see you all there.  Please click on the link below for more information.  Thank you.

Me On The Map Kindergarten Program